With his camera-ready looks and impeccable stage training, it was only a matter of time before Gibson found success on screen. Involved in community theater since his youth, the handsome actor won a scholarship to New York's prestigious Juilliard School, and after graduation, began racking up impressive classical stage credits. By the late 1980s, Gibson was appearing in soaps and the occasional film, but he became a name during the next decade with a series of memorable small-screen turns: a philandering husband in the miniseries Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'
, an arrogant doctor on Chicago Hope
, and a pent-up yuppie with a wacky wife on Dharma & Greg
. Although he primarily acted as a foil for his loopy costar Jenna Elfman on the sitcom, Gibson still earned a pair of Golden Globe nods for his work. After Dharma
went off the air, Gibson headlined a string of TV-movies before taking on the role of FBI agent Aaron Hotchner on the hit police procedural Criminal Minds
.Thomas Gibson Fast Facts:
- Started acting at 9 and went on to perform in more than 20 plays with youth theater groups.
- Attended the Juilliard School on a scholarship.
- Had soap roles on Another World, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.
- Made his big-screen debut in the romantic drama Far and Away (1992).
- Named one of TV's Best Dressed by TV GUIDE in 1998.
- First discussed joining the cast of Criminal Minds at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with CBS executive Les Moonves.
- Ranked the No. 2 celebrity golfer---with a handicap of 4.3---by Golf Digest in 2006; has since played alongside other celebrity golfers like Ray Romano, Bill Murray and George Lopez.
- Thomas Gibson Relationships:
- James Parker Gibson - Son
- Christina Gibson - Wife
- Mac Gibson - Father
- Anne - Sister
- Travis Carter Gibson - Son
- Beth - Mother
- Agatha Marie Gibson - Daughter
- Charles Gibson - Brother
- Elizabeth - Sister
- Thomas Gibson Awards:
- 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
- 2000 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
- 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
- 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
- Attended College of Charleston, Charleston, SC; The Juilliard School, New York, NY (BFA in Theater, 1985)